C o l i n M c M o r r a n
Colin McMorran MBACP Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling (BACP accredited qualification), Specialist Mental Health Student Mentor, ACAS certified Workplace Mediator
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. (Carl Jung)
As a transpersonal therapist the core aim of my therapy is to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego. I’m here to work with anyone who wants to begin that journey into their own psyche and gain the self-awareness that will remove their fears and anxieties, allowing them freedom to realise their full potential and find peace.
My personal goal in life isn't to be happy but to be present - happiness seems to be an unintended but inevitable result of living in the present. I bring this present moment awareness into the therapy sessions - that's the beginning, and when your journey out of darkness is completed you come back to that same place but will see it anew. In the words of T.S Eliot: We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Counselling or 'talking therapies' aim to bring about emotional relief, understanding and acceptance or resolution of emotional distress. Entering into therapy involves meeting with a counsellor on a regular basis in order to discuss the complexities and difficulties you are facing and to find solutions and regain good psychological health.
The approach is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express emotions and feelings. This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems and gain insight that allows them to develop the personal skills needed to manage those feelings. The objective is for the client to become able to see they have power and freedom to change.
Transpersonal Counselling/Psychotherapy integrate the core elements and best practice of counselling with a combination of spiritual traditions from around the world. This framework can help a wide range of individuals, however some people may be more receptive to this type of therapy than others; for instance those who are open to new experiences and new ways of perceiving the world will often benefit more from transpersonal therapy.
Transpersonal therapy is not affiliated with any religion, so people of all different religions and spiritual paths can partake in this type of therapy. Its worth pointing out that there is no requirement to have a 'faith' in terms of the efficacy of transpersonal therapy, in my experience those with secular views and atheists can benefit just as much - I would make a clear distinction between Religion and Spirituality; I believe spiritual atheists are not uncommon.
Those who undergo transpersonal therapy hopefully gain a deeper understanding of who they are, their capacities, their blocks / triggers and their relationships, and will leave equipped with the skills to help them deal with these beyond therapy.
Aside from formal qualification, I draw upon decades of life experience involving the usual twists and turns and highs and lows. In the past, just like everyone else, I’ve been no stranger to regretting decisions and carrying that burden with the associated feelings of guilt, I also remember all too clearly the stomach churning dread and anxiety that comes with the fear of what tomorrow may bring. However, throughout those difficult times the constants were a love of psychology and a fascination with the human psyche – what it means to be a person, what it means to be me.
My name is Colin. I provide online counselling and, when times allow, face to face counselling services in the Preston area.
I have a Level 4 Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling (BACP accredited) and am a registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
Prerequisite: Level 3 Diploma (1 year). Level 4 Diploma (2 years); seven units each covering theory, professional development and skills practice or peer supervision and personal development. Compulsory requirements: A minimum of 150 hours placement hours (100 hours counselling and 50 hours of workplace activity), One hour supervision for every eight hours of client work, 10 hours personal counselling and Two residential weekends.
I am a Specialist Mental Health Student Mentor and an ACAS trained Workplace Mediator (OCR Accrediting body - 2009).
Over the past ten years I have had a shift in my perspective on life and of who I am. (If you are interested you can read more about this change by exploring the website through the navigation menu in the header). This new perspective combined with my formal counselling qualifications and my passion for psychology, philosophy and eastern spirituality allows me to work with clients in what I hope is an insightful, dynamic and fluid way.
I also work as a specialist Mental Health Student Mentor practicing online and, when times allow, on campus with University students who have been assessed as needing mental health support. I provide that support throughout their course of study, along with coaching and guidance. The aim being to enable each student to fulfil their potential, to enjoy their studies and to complete their course with the highest grades they are capable of. I find the work energising and fulfilling, its inspiring to work with students who, despite the adversities they have faced, still have the desire and strength of purpose to try and better themselves.
Personal and professional development
I've had the opportunity to further my knowledge and experience by completing training courses and research in such areas as: bereavement/grief, mindfulness, personality and its transformations, positive affirmations, limbic system/emotions, subconscious process, the inner child, cognitive processes and emotive triggers. My passion for mental health, psychology, psychotherapy and philosophy drives me to investigate the latest developments in areas concerned with the psyche; how it forms into our personalities and affects our behaviours. I'm fascinated by the transformative power of becoming more self-aware, something I have firsthand experience of.
Along with my private practice I have volunteered at a Hospice in Burnley working with the bereaved and pre-bereaved offering counselling to those who have lost a loved one or who are caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. Over the two years I was there it was a privilege to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds as they faced the harshest life situations. I found it rewarding and humbling to be allowed into their private worlds; each has a unique story and each in their own way showed how the human spirit has the potential to triumph over adversity.
"The Therapist is a pathway to self-actualisation"
What going to a therapist is really like.
I hope Russell Brand isn't upset at me appropriating this excellent video where he gives a personal perspective on therapy. I believe he manages to capture the essence of effective counselling.
I am based in Fulwood (PR2 9AF) on the outskirts of Preston in the northwest of England, UK. I was practicing from home face to face until COVID in March 2020. However, I now use this quiet, relaxed, peaceful space to work with clients exclusively online
1 hour session £40
I am now providing sessions via telephone,
WhatsApp Video & Zoom (client hosts)
to new and existing clients.
I am currently working exclusively online and on the telephone in the privacy of the counselling room.
Counselling online; pros and cons - a personal perspective
Certainly under normal circumstances working with clients in person and sitting in the same room is generally considered the best environment for counselling, however we aren’t living in normal circumstances are we - many of our working practices have had to adapt, and counselling is no exception. Just as other businesses have found benefits to working online so too has the counselling profession.
So what’s it like to work online and what are those benefits? After initially being rather sceptical, I am now really enjoying it - in fact I'm a genuine convert, and can honestly say no one is more surprised than me! As for the benefits, there are many: Firstly, there is no travelling cost or travelling time and no need to consider peak hour traffic or timings of public transport. Once the session is over we are already home, so no need for you to face a journey back, which can be a blessing as often the sessions can be quite draining. Secondly, you're not restricted by the geographical location of the particular therapist you may like to work with. You can choose any therapist working online across the length and breadth of the county – indeed across the world if you want to, and therefore have an infinitely larger pool of potential therapists to choose from.
So yes, sitting opposite someone and sharing the same physical space with the closeness of a private and comfortable counselling room is arguably the best therapeutic environment within which to work, but don’t rule out online therapy because there are the benefits I’ve mentioned and there is an intimacy that, in my experience, can match working face to face.
And on a final note, online therapy is most certainly better than no therapy.
I offer a space in which issues that can be difficult to discuss can be explored in a confidential and non-judgemental way.
These issues can include lack of confidence, financial worries, intimacy issues, grief following loss of a loved one and death anxiety. You may be suffering from depression, low self-esteem or relationship issues. You may be struggling to find meaning in your life or have a crisis of faith. Perhaps you find yourself repeating negative behaviour patterns but don't understand why and therefore find it difficult to make positive changes.
The way I work usually involves a person-centred therapeutic approach, which means we will go at your pace, for as long as you need, tackling difficult subjects when you feel you’re ready. We will be looking below the surface to understand the roots of the problem as well as developing strategies to help you to cope better and interrupt patterns of unhelpful behaviour and ways of thinking.
By exploring your own life and how your past experiences have shaped the person you’ve become, you can begin a process of self-realisation and over time self-acceptance. As Carl Rogers said, ‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change’. Once we can truly see ourselves we are better able to see others and this can bring about positive change, leading to deeper relationships and a life of meaning and purpose.
I will meet you in the present moment and over time and through the therapeutic process, help you transcend those aspects of your ego that are self-defeating and connect to a deeper transpersonal space; a pure conscious awareness that gives rise to the eternal present. I will help you to experience your truth, all that is required is trust in the therapeutic process, an open mind and a willingness to enquire within.
The illusion of the ego is the belief that you are your thoughts – in other words, the personal identification with the voice in your head; a voice that often lives in a past of guilt and regret, and a future of fear and worry.
We will cut through these repeating thought patterns and go beneath that constant mind chatter to a place of inner peace and stillness. The infinite potential and restorative energy found there will stay with you when you return to the trenches of your life, enabling you to cope better and hopefully bring back the joy of living.
In this current climate I am offering online therapy for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, financial worries, fear of the future, bereavement, life transitions, self esteem, emotional disturbance, complex trauma, etc. This is just an overview of my services.
Length of therapy will depend upon the nature of the issues presented, however I find that mid to long-term counselling gives the best results.
I keep my client list small. I work with a maximum of five clients at any one time and so having no more than five counselling hours per week allows me the luxury of focusing my energies and skills more intensely both during and between sessions.
Sessions are 60 minutes in length and typically take place once a week.
1 hour session face to face: £50 - suspended due to COVID-19
1 hour session online: £40
Preferred method of payment: bank transfer
Bookings available Monday to Friday*
I offer a free no obligation 30 minute telephone or online consultation.
* appointments based on availability
I offer a free no obligation 30 minute online consultation where we can discuss the reasons you have come to therapy. I will tell you about myself and my approach to counselling and a little about the therapeutic process. I will discuss the counselling contract and confidentiality. However, more importantly, we will see if there's a connection between us that feels right for beginning our therapeutic journey together. I've found in my experience that you will instinctively know when you've found the right therapist for you, so if it feels right and you would like to work with me then we can discuss practicalities such as when to start and agreeing upon a regular time to meet.
To check my availability and book your first appointment or to ask for a free consultation call or text me on:
Choosing a therapist
Types of therapy
BACP - The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BABCP - British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
BACP Register of Counsellors
National Counselling Society
UKCP - The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Griefchat - free service for all types of loss
Alcohol help sites
The Calm Zone - preventing male suicide - telephone & online support for many issues
SHOUT - Crisis Text Line
Young Minds Crisis Messenger - free texts. 24/7 support.
Terence Higgins Trust counselling
Support & Education for Eating Disorders (SEED)
Beating eating disorders (Beat)
Victim Support Services
National Drugs Helpline
Domestic violence to women & children
Domestic violence to men
What does transpersonal mean?
Transpersonal psychology, also known as transpersonal counselling, was developed by American psychologist, Abraham Maslow in the 1960s. The term 'transpersonal' means 'beyond the personal', and this reflects the core aim of the therapy - to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego.
What can transpersonal counselling help with?
Transpersonal therapists work with all sorts of individuals that are trying to cope with a variety of different problems, particularly mental and emotional problems. A transpersonal therapist might work with individuals coping with such things as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, phobias, self-esteem problems, relationship problems, loss/grief and stress.
How many sessions do I need?
I do not set a number of sessions I will move at your pace; much will depend upon the complexity and number of issues presented. However, from experience 8 sessions is a good start with reviews as we go.
How long and how often are the sessions?
I work with clients for one hour once a week, ideally on the same day and time. Sometimes, at the request of the client, we will begin therapy with two sessions a week and then move to weekly sessions when the client decides.
Is there a contract to sign?
Yes - I will send you two forms to complete: one is the contract and the other is your personal details. These forms are sent and returned by email - all personal data is held digitally and password protected, I follow GDPR regulations for holding and deleting personal data.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes - with the exception of certain specific disclosures as recommended by the BACP (these are set out in the contract)
Do you have a code of practice?
Yes - I work within the guidelines, code of ethics and good practice of the BACP ethical framework. You can view the ethical framework here: BACP website.
Do you offer advice?
No - my role is to facilitate your personal growth and awareness by listening, reflecting and offering clarity and perspective. Any decisions you make must be yours, it would be a mistake and a breach of the BACP ethical framework to take your power and autonomy and make decisions on your behalf.
How will I benefit from therapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy aims to liberate you from the isolation and loneliness of living with inner turmoil by providing an outlet for you to express your deepest emotions to someone with the right set skills to help you. Therapy aims to provide you with the tools to to cope with life's difficulties and lead to a positive change within.
The therapist is outside of your family and friends offering a safe, non-judgmental space enabling you to gain a new perspective on your life. Unlike confiding in friends and family, you will not need to concern yourself with how you are impacting the therapist - they are a professional and have the training and experience to hold a space for anything you may bring to therapy.
What does MBACP mean?
I am registered as a counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist and am a Member of this professional body (MBACP). The BACP is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who have met the standards for professional registration accredited by the professional standards authority for health and social care.
"He was very kind and understanding throughout all the sessions. He made me feel at ease and I felt I was able to share anything that was coming up for me because there was a mutual trust between us. I would highly recommend his service" S.W.
"Colin made it ok for me to Express myself. I felt so relaxed with him. He was so brilliant and made my life much better. I felt he gave me the confidence to carry on. I will definitely in the future go back again. I feel my problems are definitely halved when I have spoken to him. He has done an amazing job, and he has helped me so much, out of such a bad place. He is so easy to talk to and is so empathetic and understanding. These are all fantastic qualities in a counsellor. He helped me help myself and that is an amazing and priceless gift. As soon as I started talking to Colin I couldn't stop, throughout the sessions he let me decide what to talk about and let me decide everything. He was so different to the counsellors I have spoken to before. Thanks to Colin I am in a much better place now. I am forever grateful." J. L.
"To Colin, just wanted to say a massive thank you! for all your help over the past few months you have helped me on so many levels I can' tell you! You've turned things around for me so much, many thanks R." R. N.
"I tried counselling many years ago and decided it wasn't for me, however on my doctors recommendation and several friends I thought I would try it again, never in my life had I felt so low so I really didn't have anything to loose. The first time I met Colin I was shocked at how at ease he made me feel straight away I think I just cried for the entire hour(and I don't do tears!) getting out of bed some days was such an achievement, but over the next 18 months he has gradually helped me put myself back together into a person I thought I'd lost and would never get back - me!! I've had several other curve balls thrown throughout my time in counselling with Colin a big health scare being one, but his patience and skill has helped me so much I honestly can say I'm a convert. The pain of my loss is still with me but Colin has given me the tools to now start to live my life and actually enjoy it again and for that I am truly thankful." K. R.
" Colin seems to me to have an exceptional gift for putting people at their ease. Not just in terms of the session, but afterwards, you find he’s helped you to see things more clearly and from a different perspective. I was referred to Colin after losing my partner. I was grieving and for various reasons had had to move house and find a new job. I felt my life was in complete turmoil but during the sessions with Colin, I had time to think, talk and cry and to have his calm presence, occasionally suggesting I looked at things from a different angle, occasionally agreeing with me. I found the sessions cathartic, calming and in another way stimulating, as Colin suggested some reading I wouldn’t otherwise have come across, so that helped me to learn and grow. The time may come when I need that kind of support again and if it does, I would have no hesitation in contacting Colin. " J. W.
" As a woman suffering from cptsd and other mental health issues during lockdown I was in a relationship and he abused me and brought up my old trauma. My sister and family recommended Colin and it was frightening at first because he was a "man" I thought he couldn't understand or help so I was incredibly weary at first but he is absolutely amazing! He's very calm and patient which was fantastic for me as I'm very skittish. Our session was 8 weeks and during that time I've been given tools to be able to calm myself and relax, even though I am not fully healed I am on that path so I will definitely recommend!" S. Q.